Troubador Bell Street Blues

Released: 28/02/2014

ISBN: 9781783062645

eISBN: 9781783068142

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Bell Street Blues


Bell Street Blues is a book of poetry inspired by Laurie McTaggart’s life.

Nearly seventy years after being born in Bell Street in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Laurie has summed his life up in poems. And while the street is long gone (cleared in the slum-clearances of the 1960s) the memories live on with this new collection.

Laurie’s childhood, early years and upbringing have all influenced his work, which also touches upon his battle with Secondary-Progressive MS.

Laurie’s work is reminiscent of the poems of Mark Twain and Billy?Collins, as well as being highly evocative of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, his hometown. With a smattering of theology and a touch of humour, it appeals to fans of light autobiographical poetry.

My book "Waxing Wroth" won the Emissary Pulishing 1999 Peter Pook Humorous Novel prize.

What a wonderful, moving account, written in beautiful poetry. The poetry was not refined in the traditional sense, but flowing with raw emotion and feeling. A powerful, thoughtful, and memorable selection.

by NetGalley Reviewer

Laurie McTaggart

Born in Newcastle upon Tyne during the hard winter of 1947, I went to school there, getting a slew of qualifications. I did two years of a science course before realizing what I really wanted to do was write, and so I ‘dropped out’. Have been writing on and off ever since, and have had two books published; as well as winning second place in the 1989 BBC/Radio Times Comedy Awards.

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